The PKK is a militant Kurdish organization operating mainly in Turkey. In the 1980s it started an armed struggle for cultural and self-determination.
The left-wing militant organization was founded in 1978 in Turkey by a group of students around Abdullah Ocalan, who has been improsoned since1999. The Kurds make up over 20% of the Turkish Population and have been repressed for decades. Here you find an automatic compilation of DW Content referring to the PKK.
Turkish President Erdogan has insisted in an interview that Turkey should still join the EU. The comments came despite mounting pressure against the Turkish leader's human rights record and his intervention in Syria.
As Turkey pushes deeper into Syria to seize Kurdish-held territory we find out how Kurds and Turks in Germany are dealing with the rising tensions. We also look into the deadly legacy terror organization 'Islamic State' is leaving behind in Syria. Journalist Fil Warwick who's just returned from the former IS capital of Raqqa will share his experience with us.
Turkey's military offensive in Syria may have ramifications for Europe where Kurdish expats have been staging numerous demonstrations. Only last week, German police broke up a major rally in Cologne that numbered an estimated 20,000 people after participants refused to take down PKK flags. Does the offensive affect the lives and interactions of Turks and Kurds in Germany? Sarah Steffen reports.
The journalist's release is welcome news but there are still at least 160 Turkish journalists who remain behind bars. Turkey's free press record is abysmal, lagging behind authoritarian regimes in Belarus and the Congo.